What’s your favorite fictional religion?

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Now seems like a fine time to listen to Kurt Vonnegut’s sermon on nuclear annihilation

Tonight, Donald Trump is heading to Congress to explain his proposed budget, which includes a $54 billion increase in military spending at the expense of such trivial expenditures as “the environment.” That he is intending to build up our military is clear, and has been since he was merely a candidate. He is obsessed…

How would you teach an AI what it means to be human?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d

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You won’t find it on a map: 11 fictional places that have appeared in multiple works

Stephen King’s most famous (and most often used) fictional location is his version of Maine itself; in his novels and short stories, the state is a universe unto itself, full of thick-accented locals, plucky kids, and ancient, unknowable evil. King has a fondness for revisiting familiar places (his Dark Tower series…